Guard members join in Alaska village health initiative

More than 70 Coast Guard, Army National Guard, Air National Guard and U.S. Public Health Services personnel are being deployed to Kotzebue.

They are beginning a 10-day initiative to provide medical care and boating safety awareness and other community services to northern Alaska communities.

The operation kicks off Tuesday with a team consisting of medical, veterinarian, optometry and water safety outreach personnel visiting the community of Point Hope.

Other communities include Koyuk, Wales, Selawik, Shishmaref, Kivalina, Little Diomede and Shaktoolik, where much-needed medical, dental and veterinary care will be provided.

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